Are you hoping to buy some crystal earrings in the near future? You’ve come to the right place, then. Like I always say, knowledge is power. Maybe it was someone else who originally said that, but I wholeheartedly agree. Before you spend your money on crystal earrings, you should learn as much as you can about crystal jewelry. Here are some facts you should be aware of:
Crystal is actually glass. It is not your run of the mill glass though, like the glass used for making things like windows and the glasses you drink from. The type of crystal used in jewelry is glass that has a minimum of 24% PbO, or lead oxide, in its composition.
The addition of PbO in the glass used for crystal jewelry causes it to have a high refractive index as well as increased light dispersion. All this means is that when facets are cut into the crystal, it will have lots of sparkle and fire, and you will see lots of prismatic effects when light shines through the crystal. This is why so many people love crystal earrings, because they have lots of sparkle!
Because of the aforementioned lead content, any jewelry with crystal beads or components should not be given to children. Wearing lead crystal against the skin is not a problem, but many children put small items like jewelry in their mouth, and saliva may cause some of the lead to leach out of the crystal.
The premier manufacturer of crystal jewelry components is Swarovski. Daniel Swarovski, a glass cutter in the mid-to late 1800’s, developed a machine that was able to precisely cut glass crystal into many different types of items, including sculptures, beads, and chandelier components. The precise machine cutting gave Swarovski crystals more sparkle than had ever been possible with hand cutting.
Modern crystal earrings take on many forms, including pearl and crystal earrings, dangle earrings, and crystal stud earrings. You can also find many colors; black crystal earrings are one of the most popular, followed by pink crystal earrings and red crystal earrings.
When you shop for crystal earrings, look for quality metal components, like gold and sterling silver. You can also find some good quality plated metal earrings that will cost much less, while still looking great and lasting a long time.
Crystal earrings can take the place of diamond earrings for many people. Since they are available in many fancy as well as casual designs, you can always have earrings that have that sparkle you love without bankrupting yourself. This is especially nice when you have that one party or event to attend, and you just can’t rationalize spending big money for diamond stud earrings to go with your outfit. You can even find colored crystal jewelry that could take the place of expensive emerald rings or even ruby rings.
Never fear, crystal earrings are here! That’s my new mantra, because crystal earrings are so wonderful to fill your jewelry collection with. They are stylish, readily available and are a great alternative to more expensive gemstone jewelry. What’s not to like about that?